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Germania and Italia

c. 1842
Ferdinand Piloty (German, 1786–1844) After a painting of 1815-28 by Johann Friedrich Overbeck (German, 1789–1869) Published by Piloty & Loehle, Munich Printed by Piloty and Loehle, Karlstrasse No 39, Munich
In 1828, Friedrich Overbeck painted a friendship allegory—a project he had set aside after his friend and fellow artist Franz Pforr’s death at the age of twenty-four in 1812. Overbeck's print symbolizes the artistic ideals of the two friends, specifically the espousal of early-Renaissance Italian and German art in the form of a pair of dark- and fair-haired maidens holding hands, with a view of the Roman countryside to represent Raphael behind Italia and the skyline of Dürer’s Nuremberg behind Germania....

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